Super weird that the Reds had a Friday off-day, right? That doesn’t happen too often. I coulda sworn there was a game scheduled for today too. Checked the Reds Twitter to make sure, but there were only two tweets. One of Nick Senzel making a catch:
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 17, 2019
And the other, two hours later, of Jose Iglesias doing something cool:
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 18, 2019
Doesn’t look like any game I remember watching, but I guess it had to be from another day because I most assuredly did not watch the Reds play baseball today.
|Los Angeles Dodgers (29-16)||6||10||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (20-24)||0||3||0|
|W: Hill (1-1) L: DeSclafani (2-2)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread|
— The game only took 2 hours and 27 minutes, so I guess that’s nice. Games go a bit quicker when only one team decides to show up. I only worry that somewhere, Rob Manfred is furiously scribbling: “15 team league…no one ever plays against each other…only simulated games.”
— The Reds weren’t no-hit! Joey Votto extended his hitting to six games with a fight-em-off bloop single in the fourth. Eugenio Suarez followed with another single but nothing more happened in the inning. Curt Casali had a broken bat single in the eighth, long after the bells had rung.
— Cody Reed, in his triumphant return to the major leagues, pitched two innings in relief with three strikeouts and a run allowed. To be fair to Reed, the run likely shouldn’t have scored because Cody Bellinger reached on a drop third strike before coming home on a Enrique Hernandez single.
— Anthony DeSclafani did not have it today, serving up home runs to Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, and Max Muncy and doubles to Bellinger and Alex Verdugo. DeSclafani exited after four innings, sitting in a 4-0 hole. As the Dodgers announcers so helpfully pointed out after Pederson’s home run, the Reds have yet to comeback from a hole greater than two runs this season. Today did not break that streak.
— Zach Duke allowed the Reds fourth home run of the day, serving up a solo shot to Bellinger in his only inning of work. Duke now has more runs allowed than strikeouts on the season.
— This game (yes, it did happen) did not feel especially bad or disheartening while watching. It just felt….bleh. Truly nothing happened. The Dodgers hit some home runs, and the Reds never did anything more than strikeout a bunch (13 times to be exact). Oh well, we won the series against the Cubs. That’s enough to get me to watch again tomorrow.
Dodgers vs. Reds, 4:10 EST
Walker Buehler (4-0, 4.15 ERA) vs. Tyler Mahle (0-5, 3.97 ERA)